Manila to host World Street Food Congress

FoodfieBonifacio Global City conference and tastings add new flavors to Philippine Food Month, on April 20-24, writes Angela Leal





THE Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the Department of Tourism (DOT), Makansutra, and Ayala Malls will host the World Street Food Congress 2016 in Bonifacio Global City, Manila on April 20-24. Street food is big across Asia, so the Congress’ move to Manila is a coup for Philippine tourism.

“We are very excited that the Philippines will be hosting the WSFC 2016,” says TPB chief operating officer Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III. “This will once again highlight our country as one of the best culinary destinations in the world, and it is an opportunity for us to share to the global audience the richness and contemporary edge of Filipino gastronomy.”

The Congress was the brandchild of Singaporean heritage and street-food expert KF Seetoh, who founded Makansutra, a company that celebrates and promotes food culture. First held in the Lion City in 2013, the Congress aims to preserve and celebrate street food; professionalize its delivery and presentation and “imagine new possibilities”.

The upcoming event consists of three parts: (a) the April 20-21 World Street Food Dialogue conference at Bonifacio Global City’s 7th Avenue and 25th Street; (b) the April 20-24 World Street Food Jamboree of 24 international servings at Federacion Drive and 9th Avenue; and (c) the five-category World Street Food Awards, the event’s website says.

The Congress will be held in Philippine Food Month, which features several culinary events. Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 returns on April 7-9 at SMX Manila, and the month-long Flavors of the Philippines also “showcases classic, contemporary and exotic Filipino food from all over the country”, TPB says.


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